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How do I handle a geriatric who is making poor decisions, but is basically mentally sound?
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What can I do to treat my husband whom I have been taking care of since 1-12 more like a husband ?
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One of the problems with a PEG patient is lack of saliva, because they are only fed with the PEG. The nursing homes use a lemon swab in the mouth, but I don't like this idea. I have had good success using small thin slabs of TUFU, soa...
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Many locksmiths will provide colorful inexpensive "arthritic" key handles, such as that illustrated. These are very useful for the enfeebled elderly. They are called "key turners".
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The photo is that of a wide-angle Peterson safety mirror, which can be retro-fitted to most automobiles. I am a big believer in these mirrors for anyone over fifty and they make good gifts. They come in four and five mirror versions a...
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Tap turners attach to ordinary water valves and provide leverage and ease of operation for stroke-disabled and those with severe arthritis. They come in various colors and styles. Some "snap on" and others require a screwdriver, either t...
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An object retriever is handy for someone confined to a wheelchair. They range in price from $12 U.S. to $80 U.S. Wal-Mart has a number of inexpensive versions. They can be obtained through the "certificate of necessity" program, but I r...
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Patients with stroke disabilities or severe arthritis may enjoy using special spoons with easy-to-use handles and angled compartments. These are sold in both right and left-hand varieties. $7-$15 dollars U.S. circa 2014. They help the p...
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Rubber or metal doorknob extensors either replace or go over existing knobs. They install in seconds, usually with only a screwdriver. They range in price from $5.00 U.S. to $22 U.S. in various places. I bought several circa 2014 for $7...
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Cutting boards with stainless steel nails are used to stabilize vegetables for cuttting. They usually come with elevated edging to prevent vegetables from sliding off and rubber suction cups underneath. They are helpful for the very elde...
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Dycem non-slip matts are colorful, washable, and are placed under cups and glasses to prevent slipping when an elderly person is eating or when the table tilts slightly. They reduce the force required to stabilize items. Thus a person on...
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I have an orange capsule with the numbers on it of 1020 & 150 and another brownish oval caplet with the letters of rfx on it and don't know what they are. She is confused so we need to find out. Thanks
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I everyone. I was wondering if anyone else was in the same boat as me. My husband has depression and its slowly dragging me down with it. I feel like we're housemates more then husband and wife. He refuses to get medical help cause he ca...
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I am the caregiver to my 95 year old mom. After her discharge from the hospital they wanted me to put her on hospice, but I wouldn't because I didn't like the sound of it. But after a couple of month, when they explained it to me, that...
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If you have an elderly relative and a health care aide preparing food, don't count on them giving you correct information on how much the person eats. They fib. They will say "she eat good", when half the food is uneaten. Especially if t...
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At some time a decision may have to be made as to whether to put your elederly loved one on a PEG, or gastric feeding tube. When I had to make such a decision every one of the physicians attempted to discourage me. My feelings are that...
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Elderly debilitated patients, especially those who are bedridden are usually frustrated by their inability to control anything in their lives. They try to satisfy this need by making requests to relatives or caregivers. For example, a ...
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In the United States there are inexpensive kiosks at drug stored and the chain Kinko's where old photos can be enlarged easily and conveniently. One person I visit in a nursing home has severely impaired eyesight. I enlarged old photos...
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The internet is the favored method of checking backgrounds, except for the fact that many home-care workers come from foreign countries. There is a simple method. however, of checking them out. Have them apply for a so-called "certific...
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Over the years I have employed, at various times, for my own relatives and others, over 150 health care aides. It never occurred to me to ask if they were carrying anything for self-defense. One day a colt .38 tumbled out of the poc...
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